||959 acres, according to the Census
Rep. 1901, including 30 of inland water.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents (Rec. Soc.
Lancs, and Ches.), i, 30.
||Ibid. Elston (30 acres) was confirmed
to the Hospitallers by Henry II and
Richard I (1189); Cartæ Antiquæ T 39
and RR17 (noted by Mr. R. Gladstone,
jun.). It is named among their lands in
1292; Plac. de Quo Warr. (Rec. Com.),
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, loc. cit. from
Kuerden MSS. v, fol. 82b.
||Elston is named among Hospitallers'
lands granted in 1611 to George Whitmore and others; Pat. 9 Jas. I, pt. xxvii.
It was sold to Richard Shireburne of
Stonyhurst in 1613; Kuerden MSS. ii,
fol. 132. It is named in an inquisition;
Duchy of Lanc. Inq. p.m. xxvi, no. 4.
Lancs. Inq. and Extents, i, 74.
||Alexander son of William de Elston
released to Adam de Hoghton his rights
in waters, mills, fisheries, &c., within the
vill, 20s. being paid, and William son of
Alexander de Elston confirmed to Adam
de Hoghton all his part of the mill, with
mill-stead, &c., for a rent of a pair of
white gloves; Add. MS. 32106, no. 168,
In 1301 Richard son of William son of
Warine de Elston gave Master Richard de
Hoghton all his right in Elston; Dods.
MSS. cxlii, fol. 59. In the same year
Elston is named among the Hoghton
estates; Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), i, 192.
Maud daughter of Paulin de Westacre,
as widow, released to Sir Adam de Hoghton in 1330 all right in her father's lands
in Elston and her right of turbary in
Grimsargh for her life; Add. MS. 32106,
no. 84, fol. 254. A Henry de Wedacre
was plaintiff respecting land in the township in 1285; Assize R. 1271, m. 12.
||Sir Richard Hoghton in 1422 was
found to have held a messuage and 40
acres in Elston; Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet.
Soc), i, 146. See also Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. xiv, no. 26, where the rent is
||William de Elston and Roger his
brother were stated in 1346 to hold four
plough-lands in Elston, &c., by knight's
service; Inq. p.m. 20 Edw. III (2nd
nos.), no. 62. To a charter of 1349 the
following were witnesses: John de Elston,
William son of Roger de Elston, William
son of Paulin de Elston and Roger de
Elston; Towneley MS. HH, no. 1906.
John de Elston of Elston, John de Elston
of Ribbleton and Roger de Elston attested
a charter of the year 1362; Piccope MSS.
(Chet. Lib.), iii, 27.
William son of Roger de Elston, Roger
his brother and William son of Paulin de
Elston occur together in 1355; Kuerden
fol. MS. fol. 50, B 8.
A deed of about 1280 names Roger son
of William de Elston and Paulin his
brother; Kuerden MSS. iii, H 2. Henry
de Blackburn and Eve his wife (about
1302) granted their son John their right in
20d. rent due from William son of Paulin
de Elston; Add. MS. 32106, no. 309.
Christiana widow of Paulin de Elston and
William her son occur in 1340; Kuerden
MSS. ii, fol. 256b.
The following pleadings show that the
partition between several Elston families
goes back some distance of time. In 1280
James de Elston claimed half a messuage
and oxgang of land against Robert de
Elston and Roger his brother; William
de Elston was called to warrant; De
Banco R. 36, m. 69; 42, m. 38. In
1284 James de Elston was non-suited in
a claim for land against Robert son of
William de Elston; Assize R. 1268,
m. 12 d. It seems that James was the son
of a Roger de Elston; Kuerden fol, MS.
(Chet. Lib.), 90b, D 53.
William de Myr of Elston in 1282
sought a messuage and oxgang of land
against Robert de Elston, and the same
against Roger de Elston; while Robert
son of William de Elston and Roger his
brother sought a small tenement against
John son of Agnes de Elston; De Banco
R. 47, m. 32, 34 d. Robert de Elston
and Roger his brother attested a charter
c. 1284; Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 74.
Again in 1298 Cecily daughter of
Robert de Elston and her sisters Margery,
Elizabeth and Emma claimed goods to the
value of £12 from William son of Ralph,
Alice his wife and Roger de Elston;
De Banco R. 124, m. 64.
||The descent seems to be: William
de Elston -s. Robert -s. William -s.
To William de Elston, 'his lord,' the
Alexander son of William son of Arthur
de Elston already mentioned granted land
in Elston; Harl. MS. 2042, fol. 171.
He was probably the William called to
warrant in 1280.
Robert son of William de Elston has
been named as defendant in 1284–5. To
his son Richard in 1318 he granted all
his lands in Elston; Add. MS. 32106,
no. 164, fol. 271. The manor, however,
seems to have descended to another son
William, who in 1328 was defendant to
a claim put forward by Roger and Paulin,
sons of William de Elston and Roger son
of Roger; Assize R. 1400, m. 233.
John de Elston was lord in 1337;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. 150. He (as son
of William) was in that year one defendant to a claim by William son of William
de Elston; Assize R. 1424, m. 11. In
1346 Margery daughter of William son
of Richard de Ashley (of Whittingham)
claimed three messuages and a plough-land
in Elston in right of her mother Christiana,
daughter and heir of Nicholas the Clerk,
seised in the time of Edward I. The
defendants were Maud widow of William
de Elston and John the son of William;
John said that the tenement was only one
messuage and 6 acres of land and that he
held jointly with Maud his wife; De
Banco R. 342, m. 20; 345, m. 21; 348,
m. 304. The suit went on for some
years. At Pentecost, 1352, John de
Elston further defended his right by saying that plaintiff's mother had released to
his grandfather Robert all her right in
Elston, but the charter was denied; Duchy
of Lanc. Assize R. 2, m. vij d. In the
end Margery lost her case; ibid. 6, m. 7 d.
In 1346 John de Elston made a feoffment of his manor of Elston with all its
buildings, homages, services, reliefs, &c.;
Kuerden fol. MS. fol. m. He made an
exchange of lands in 1358, Roger de
Elston and William son of Paulin de
Elston being witnesses; Add. MS. 32106,
In 1357 John de Elston purchased 10
acres in Elston from William de Dodhill
and Alice his wife; Final Conc, ii, 154.
In 1363 it was found that the tenement
of Joan wife of Gilbert the Tailor in
Elston, taken into the king's hands for
felony, was held of John de Elston the
elder by the rent of 9s. 5d.; Inq. p.m. 37
Edw. III (1st nos.), no. 23.
In 1369 there were two Johns, but the
John de Elston who attested a Ribbleton
charter granted by John de Elston the
younger was probably the lord of Elston;
Add. MS. 32107, no. 2975. At the same
time a John son of William de Elston
complained that Alice widow of William
de Elston was causing waste in Elston;
De Banco R. 433, m. 425; see also 447,
In the following year John de Elston
the elder made a settlement of lands in
Elston, Preston and Haighton; Kuerden
MSS. iv, E 5.
It was perhaps his son who as Roger
son of John de Elston obtained land in
the township from William son of Robert
West of Elston in 1382–3; ibid. Roger
de Elston in 1395 purchased three messuages, &c., from John de Shorrock the
younger and Agnes his wife; Final Conc.
iii, 46. There was, however, a Roger de
Elston of Ribbleton and Brockholes.
||Ibid. 112. The estate was described
as the manor of Elston, with messuages,
land and wood in Ribchester, Haighton
and Preston and the moiety of a mill in
Haighton. The purchasers were probably
trustees of Harrington of Wolfage.
Sir James Harrington of Brixworth, in
a deed dated at Elston, made a feoffment
of all his lands in Elston, Haighton,
Fishwick, Dinckley and Lancaster; Add.
MS. 32106, no. 473. Isabel his widow
in 1498 made a release of the same; ibid.
||Norris D. (B.M.).
Lancs. Inq. p.m. (Chet. Soc), ii,
In 1552 Joan widow of Roger Asshaw
and daughter of Margaret, one of the
daughters and co-heirs of Sir James Harrington, gave her son Anthony an annuity
of 4 marks from her lands in Elston,
Haighton, Goosnargh, &c.; Add. MS.
32105, fol. 214. At the same time she
made a general settlement; ibid. fol. 213.
||See the accounts of Heath Charnock
||Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 78,
no. 22; 77, no. 1, 8.
||Fishwick, Preston, 93.
In 1625 Robert Randolph leased to
Thomas Heneage the manor of Elston
and a messuage in Preston for five years;
Cal. S. P. Dom. 1625–6, p. 49. See also
Lancs. and Ches. Rec. (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), ii, 247.
In 1652–3 the manor of Elston, with
messuages, windmill, tithes, &c., and a
free fishery in the Ribble were held by
John Box, Anne his wife, Thomas Ince,
Robert Charnock, esq., Thomas Harrison,
esq., Elizabeth his wife and Hester Charnock; Pal. of Lanc. Feet of F. bdle. 151,
Thomas Walmsley of Elston and his
sons Thomas and Richard were burgesses
at the Preston Guild of 1782; Abram,
Mem. of the Guilds, 104.
||Sir Thomas Ashton (1514) purchased
lands in Elston and Haighton from his
father-in-law Sir James Harrington, but
the tenure is not stated; Duchy of Lanc.
Inq. p.m. iv, no. 80.
Ralph Elston's capital messuage in
Brockholes was in 1557 described as 'in
the town of Elston'; ibid, x, no. 3.
||a Misc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs. and Ches.),
||His estate was sequestered for recusancy. In 1650 he settled part on his
wife Katherine, who after his death sold
her interest, and the purchaser in 1654
desired an examination of his title;
Royalist Comp. Papers (Rec. Soc. Lancs.
and Ches.), in, 262.
||Henry Walmsley, husbandman, was
in 1653 'suspected of popery,' and therefore summoned before the committee for
compounding. On his refusing to abjure
his religion, two-thirds of his estate was
sequestered; Cal. Com. for Comp. i, 656.
||Henry Cumaleach, son-in-law of
John Walmsley; Alice and Anne Charnley; Estcourt and Payne, Eng. Cath. Non-
jurors, 139, 104.
End. Char. Rep. (Kirkham, 1904), 42,
Cal. S. P. Dom. 1672, p. 200.